Intergovernmental Process

Global Legislators Organization Sets Priorities for National Climate Laws [viewed]

© GLOBE26 October 2009: National legislators from developed and developing countries agreed on key guiding principles for domestic climate change legislation during a Forum organized by GLOBE (Global Legislators Organization) and the Danish Government on 24-25 October 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Event: Central Africa Forest Day 2: Shaping the Debate on Forests and Adaptation to Climate Change in Central Africa [viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will organize this meeting to bring together forest stakeholders to discuss forest and climate change issues in Central Africa. Topics to be addressed include: climate change and indigenous people rights; the scope of carbon markets in Central Africa; reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD); poverty alleviation; and procedures and capacity for mitigating climate change in Central Africa. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Climate Change and Green Growth [viewed]

© UNGA26 October 2009: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) participated in a panel discussion on “Green growth and sustainable development” on 26 October 2009, focusing on how climate change mitigation can be supported by and contribute to economic growth. The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) under the auspices of the Second Committee.

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Guest Article #25: The Adaptation Fund - where is it heading? [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund (AF) was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC and launched at COP-7 in Marrakech, in 2001. The aim was to finance adaptation projects in vulnerable developing countries. Real work to establish the Fund started only in 2008 with the establishment of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB). The Board with its first Chair, Richard Muyungi from Tanzania, managed to get the legal framework prepared and adopted at the Poznan climate change conference by the end of 2008. Further work by the Board in 2009 has resulted in, among other accomplishments, agreed Operational Policies and Guidelines, a framework to assure so called ‘direct access' and an accreditation process for national implementing entities. Thus the Fund is becoming operational before the climate change conference in Copenhagen at the end of this year.

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African Negotiators Define Desirable Copenhagen Outcome [viewed]

© UNEP23 October 2009: The Technical Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) Pre-COP 15 (Second Meeting of the African High Level Expert Panel on Climate Change) convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and concluded with a call for a “fair, inclusive, effective and equitable new agreement in Copenhagen.” The session was the initiative of AMCEN and the African Union (AU), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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IFPRI Releases Publication on Agriculture Mitigation Options in India [viewed]

21 October 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has released a paper that explores greenhouse gas mitigation options in India's agriculture sector.

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European Ministers Refine Negotiating Mandate for Copenhagen [viewed]

© Swedish Presidency of the EU21 October 2009: The environment ministers of the European Union (EU) agreed on their negotiating position for Copenhagen during a Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 21 October 2009. European finance ministers, who met during a Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 20 October 2009, were not able to agree on climate financing.

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IPCC, FAO and IFAD Hold Expert Meeting on Data for LULUCF and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses [viewed]

© IPCC20 October 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are sponsoring a meeting of experts at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 20-22 October 2009, to provide advice on how to use international datasets to develop greenhouse gas emission and removal estimates for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU) sectors.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Climate Change Impacts and Threats [viewed]

© UN General Assembly19 October 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) participated, on 19 October, in a panel discussion focused on “Climate Change: Impacts and Threats,” based on the Secretary-General's report “Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications.” The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) under the auspices of the Second Committee.

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India Hosting Climate Change-related Meetings [viewed]

© UN DESA19 October 2009: The Government of India is hosting a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings related to climate change in the coming week.

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